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9 Best Ski Resorts Near Osaka That'll Have You Booking Your Winter Getaway (2021-2022 Season)

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Skiing & Snowboarding

Winter is the season of Japow - Japanese powder snow! And these best ski resorts near Osaka have plenty of it. The image of Japanese ski resorts may make your mind naturally wander towards the more popular ones in Hokkaido or Nagano, but did you know there are actually many excellent ski resorts in the Kansai region as well? And they make perfect day trips from Osaka too, as they can be reached in about 2 to 3 hours via train or bus. Here are 9 of them you can feel absolutely free to drop by for a bit of casual skiing while you're sightseeing around the Osaka or Kyoto areas! Main image: Adi Haririe / Shutterstock.com

Nijigen no Mori (Awaji Island Anime Park) Guide: Enjoy the Worlds of Dragon Quest, Naruto, Godzilla, and Crayon Shin-chan

Awaji Island, Maiko Theme Parks

Nijigen no Mori is an anime theme park that immerses you in the worlds of your favorite Japanese anime and games, including Dragon Quest, Naruto, Godzilla, and Crayon Shin-chan. Located on Hyogo Prefecture's Awaji Island in the middle of Hyogo Prefectural Awajishima Park, this theme park is an exciting place to visit for Japanese anime fans! There's so much to see and do, you couldn't possibly fit it all into a single day! Lucky for you, they also have plenty of delicious foods and accommodations, so you may even want to spend the night!

Cool Down in the Hot Summer! 10 Refreshing Places to Visit in Kyoto in Summer

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Shrines

Kyoto is a popular tourist destination both domestically and internationally. Situated in a basin surrounded by mountains, summers are hot and humid, and on many days the temperature exceeds 30°C. However, Kyoto also has cool summer destinations, including mountains, the seaside, and rivers. In addition to beautiful natural scenery, there are plentiful experiences and activities to get a feel for the city’s summer atmosphere. Here are 10 cool spots in Kyoto where you can beat the heat, from famous sites like Shimogamo Shrine, Tadasu-no-Mori, Kibune, and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest to less frequented areas away from the city.

Kyoto Momiji: 5 Stunning Places to See Fall Colors in Kyoto

Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple Parks

Autumn in Kyoto is a beautiful, vibrantly colored season thanks to the many hues of autumn foliage. Momiji is the word for the Japanese maple leaves colored red in the fall, and are a symbol for Japanese autumn. Kyoto momiji, in particular, are well known for their spectacular show, and crowds of people head to the city's many temples and shrines to catch the scenery at its best. Here we will introduce some of the best areas in Kyoto to catch the momiji, from the mainstream spots to lesser-known hidden gems.

Toshikoshi Soba Recipe: How to Make This Japanese New Year’s Eve Traditional Delight

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Udon & Soba

The Japanese have an annual tradition of eating “toshikoshi soba” on December 31. Here, we’ll teach you how to make your own authentic toshikoshi soba at home under the guidance of renowned cooking teacher Toshihiro Minami. We’ll also show you how to make the all-round ingredient “katsuo dashi” (bonito stock), which can be added to other Japanese classics like udon and oyakodon! We’ve also made a cooking video demonstrating the recipe, so even beginners will be able to add mouthwatering toshikoshi soba to their New Year’s repertoire!

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  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
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  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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